With his tour about to commence, Usher takes time out his busy schedule to bless the cover of Billboard Magazine. In the cover story, Usher talks his The UR Experience tour, his girlfriend and manager Grace Miguel, why he isn’t ready to release his new album yet, spending time with his kids, and more. Check out the full story after the jump!

He has been thinking about his past a lot, in part because of the in-progress record. “Every album I’ve made represented a specific thing that was happening in my life,” he says. “And not until now did I think to look back at my life and take inspiration from my own music.” He has dozens of finished songs, including the tracks he has worked on with Skrillex and Diplo. Three singles have already debuted: “Good Kisser,” a No. 2 R&B hit; the retro-soul “She Came to Give It to You,” featuring Nicki Minaj; and the recently leaked “I Don’t Mind” — a bouncy, surprisingly tender ode to a stripper (“Shorty I don’t mind/If you dance on a pole/It don’t mean you’re a ho”) that has been racking up airplay on hip-hop stations across the country.


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Julissa Bartholomew